Sometimes records can be deceiving. The 0-2 Saints and 0-2 Kansas City Chiefs are both much better teams that the 2-0 Texans and 2-0 Bills, for example. It all depends on how the schedule unfolds and how long it takes a team to get in stride.
So we can’t take the upcoming Chiefs game lightly. Alex Smith is a great QB. He lost a lot of his tools from last year (luckily Brandon Albert is now a Dolphin) but he still causes problems for defenses.
I don’t foresee the Chiefs defensive line being as stout as Buffalo’s was. Plus, our O-line has a lot to prove. I think Brandon Albert will also have a personal thing to prove, and that all adds up to a big advantage for the Dolphins.
Our running game may suffer without Knowshon Moreno, but I think that can be overcome. If the line gives Tannehill time, then he should find receivers open all day. The Chiefs secondary is good, but we have too many weapons. Tannehill wants to prove he belongs. Bill Lazor wants to prove he can coach in this league. Mike Wallace just wants the ball. It adds up to a very hungry offense with a chip on their shoulder and a very bad taste in their mouth from last week.
Jamaal Charles may not play for KC, but the Dolphins cannot fall into that trap. Backups always seem to have career-best games against us. Remember Thad Lewis?
Miami must make a statement Sunday. They have a chance to drop a team to 0-3, or to join them at 1-2. That makes a big difference in the standings, and also in their confidence. We want to roll into London on Sep 28 with a win under our belts. We can accept nothing less. Let’s hope Joe Philbin makes that point crystal clear.